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Last November we announced a new proof-of-concept datacenter that brought the power plant inside the datacenter by mounting fuel cells directly onto the datacenter’s server racks. Less than three months later, fuel cell datacenters have taken a major step forward to becoming a reality, following a success demonstration of the concept at the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine.
Today, we depend on batteries to charge everything from our cell phones and computers to even some of our cars. But they’re also increasingly providing a way to store electricity on the power grid, offering a more sustainable and consistent option for using the energy from intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar power. Read on to learn more about how new technology is increasing the capacity of lithium-ion batteries and how flow batteries could soon come to utilities and the grid.
Last fall we shared details of our carbon offset strategy here on the Microsoft Green Blog, giving you some insight into the programs and projects underway as a direct result of our internal carbon fee and Microsoft’s commitment to carbon neutrality. As we noted then, we’ve chosen to invest in carbon offsets because, in addition to helping us achieve global emissions reductions, our carbon offset strategy also helps us deliver the added economic, societal and educational benefits that Microsoft is already committed to providing around the world. Today we want to take you a bit deeper into two of our current projects and show the local impact, from ecosystem conservation to community development, these efforts are making. Below, we dive into the jungles of Madagascar and the wilds of Indonesia for a more in-depth look.
New developments in renewable energy are showcasing how inventive applications of technology—from buildings to software—are bringing clean energy to more communities and making it more efficient than ever before. Read on to learn more about how a former German air raid bunker has been turned into a renewable energy facility and how GE is using software to boost energy output of wind turbines by 5 percent.
Microsoft greatly values partnerships and recognizes that, particularly in areas that have a global impact like environmental sustainability, collaborative efforts are essential to having a greater lasting impact. Tomorrow at the GreenBiz Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona, Microsoft will join others in launching the Natural Capital Business Hub, an online platform that will help facilitate collaboration between diverse companies on natural capital issues.